Regional artists make up about a third of the artist population (31 percent) and are just as likely to apply for financial assistance as metro artists. However, they are less likely to apply to the Australia Council than to state or territory government bodies; and they are less likely to apply to the Australia Council than metro artists (17 percent vs. 23 percent).
One in five Key Organisations between 2008 and 2010 were regionally based, while two thirds of all Key Organisations engaged in some form of regional activity. Just over half of all regional activity was conducted by regionally based organisations (55 percent), but many metro based organisations were also active in the regions (45 percent).
The number of MPA organisations conducting regional activity increased between 2008 and 2010. In fact by 2010, 25 of the 28 MPA organisations engaged in regional activity, accounting for one fifth of all activity conducted between 2009 and 2010.